Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Product Spotlight: Shimelle Little by Little

Hello! Becky here today to share how the Paper Issue Design Team used the Little by Little line by Shimelle for American Crafts

I used the EK Success Curvy Cutter (hollar back 2005!) and some chipboard to make a "sunburst-esqu" shaped stencil that I traced onto several different patterned papers from Shimelle's line for this layout! I used all kinds of bits including the wood buttons, ephemera die cuts, sticker book, mini puffy stickers and the Magic Thickers to embellish. Those Thicker though? Love them!

I love how Amy used the grid pattern paper, Funny Bunny, for her background. The slanted pattern paper, the journaling along the top edge and the clusters of embellishments all make this layout so much fun!


 This layout from Ann is almost too much awesome! Those gigantic letters, the splatters, the machine stitching, the photo strip - I adore everything about this layout!

Elodie designed this totally HAPPY layout  with several fun patterned papers, ephemera die cuts, mini puffy stickers, the Hello Joy Phrase Thickers and the Wood Buttons. Those adorable animal puffy stickers peeking out of the patterned paper strips are my favorite!

This stunning layout designed by Kelly with the Bear Hug patterned paper and the Scalloped Background Cut File that you can find FREE in the Paper Issues shop RIGHT HERE is ahhhhh-mazing! Also, journaling strips always call to me! I love this layout so hard! 

Our Pocket Page Guru is at it again this month! Kristie designed this fun spread with all kinds of bits and pieces from the Little by Little line! Be sure to check out her process video on You Tube!

Pol went BIG & BOLD with this awesome layout! Her giant title is a quick and easy way to take up white space on a layout! With some strategically placed die cuts from the ephemera pack and a thin border of patterned paper this layout is awesome!

Rachel also used one of the FREE Cut Files from the Paper Issues shop on this bright & bold layout! This photo of her boys playing at the park on a rare sunny January day is just too stinking cute!

Renee pulled out all the tricks with the embellishments on this one! Her embellishment clusters lead your eye right to her photos! Those little animals peeking out to take a look at her photos are everything!

Ali used a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop. This has been a SUPER popular cut file and it is a great one to use with some of those scraps that you have laying around! Ali's hand stitched clouds are also to die for!

I adore what Stacie did with the banners on this layout! What a great idea! This photo of her son is too funny and pairs perfectly with that "I am what I am," die cut from the ephemera pack!

This festive spring layout designed by Cat has tons of little details - from the Easter grass to the peek-a-boo bunny - this is a super fun page that puts me in the mood for Spring!

Holy hand stitching Batman! This layout from Devra is truly a labor of love! That "perfect day" bear sticker is also one of my favorite bits from this line! I am hoarding it! Such a great page!

 Last, but by no means least, Michelle has designed this gorgeous layout featuring her equally gorgeous daughter! I feel like this layout would make the perfect Scrap Lift Sunday inspiration page! I totally love how she used the chevron patterns along the edges of her page - it adds a 3D effect!

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look today! I hope that you play along with this Product Spotlight challenge to show us how you used Shimelle's new line, Little by Little. You can find this challenge along with all of the February challenges RIGHT HERE


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Different Kind of Challenge!

Hey hey hey! It's Cat here up on the Paper Issues blog again!  I hope everyone has been enjoying all the amazing challenges that have been going on this February.  Combining that with all the new product releases and I just can't seem to keep up with all the scrapping that I want to get done!  Now I don't know about any of you, but I will often have periods of time where I either am super inspired and can make a ton of layouts, and then periods where I just can't seem to get anything on paper or have it look the way I want.  Well, the other day while I was stuck in a rut and trying to think about what I was going to do for my blog post I mentioned it to my 4 year old daughter while she was in my craft room with me.  She immediately decided to take it upon herself to choose products for me to use.  She ended up picking Crate Paper Cute Girl chipboard, specifically the mermaid, Cute Girl puffy stickers, Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life foam words, and several papers from the Maggie Holmes Bloom and Shine collections.  After that I grabbed some crepe paper, mist, and a doily and got to work.  I wasn't sure what to expect from this challenge issued to me by my daughter, but I absolutely loved doing it!  I am super happy with how it turned out, and maybe next time you're stuck for inspiration maybe turn to someone else for a little advice!

Monday, February 20, 2017

New Issue: Let's Play Post Office Round 2

Are you ready for Round 2 of our February Issue, Let's Play Post Office?

Check out all of the monthly challenges in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group. Each challenge has its own albumThe February challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for sharing your projects is March 5th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Here's a look at some beautiful projects created by the design team:

Clockwise from top L: Annelie, Lina, Ali, Devra, Cat, Kristie, Pol, Ann

Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog or Instagram where you can see their project in more detail.

Let's see what Let's Play Post Office is all about. These are ideas to get you started, but feel free to think outside of the box and use any product you'd like. Projects can be new or old and you're welcome to share as many as you'd like.
  • Use office supplies like binder clips, tags, push pins, postage stamps and envelopes.
  • Alter a clipboard.
  • Include stamping on your project.
  • Document a piece of mail or a love letter. 
  • Create a layout about your latest Paper Issues package (either a photo of the box and/or contents).
  • Show us your kids, grandchildren, etc. at play.
  • Share something about Valentine's Day/love.  

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and say hi! You'll find us all over the Web:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday

Morning.  Welcome to Swag Bag Sunday.  
Our Design Team is going to share a few of our projects with you, using Swag Bags.  
You can play along by creating with a SB and uploading a photo of it to our PIFF FB page.  
This gives you a chance to win a gift certificate to the PI store.  

Here is a peek at the February Swag Bag.  
It comes with this beautiful potato type sack, holding all the bits and pieces together.  

I played along.  However, the Pony Express did not deliver mine in time.  So, I gathered all of my old Swag Bags, which was a ton, and created something from a black and white color pallet.  Oh, then I added RED!

Look at this beautiful watercolor heart layout by Amanda Baldwin.  Little bits and pieces of the January Swag Bag complimented the gorgeous background and amazing photo of her daughter.  

Amanda was also busy with the other bits from the January Swag Bag and
 created a few planner pages.

Miss Kristie Van Ham had the best photos of her littles, and adds just the right touches of the Swag Bag to her Project Life style pages.  

Orange Gearle worked this January Swag Bag.  Her touches of red really help her photo pop off the page.  Look at the placement of all the little goodies.  Those are ALL in this Swag Bag!

Stacie Dietz created this stunning banner style layout, all with the January Swag Bag too!  It is amazing how much is packed into each SB and it is amazing how much Stacie added to this page in such a gorgeous way.  The colors are beautiful, along with her photos.

If you haven't jumped on the train, you must know that our Swag Bags sell out pretty quickly.  If you want to secure your Swag Bag each month, you could join our 6 Month Swag Bag Kit Subscription  Click on link for details.  

Grab whatever you want from the store for 20% off when you use code: Mary-Ann!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

More Embossing Powder Fun!

Hello my scrappy friends! I have been using a new (to me) technique, and I'm so excited to share it with you! I love embossing powder, the shiny finished look creates so much dimension and adds refined details to a layout. Sadly, my extensive stamp collection doesn't always include a motif I am looking for. For example, January's Pinspire Me challenge had an amazing gold balloon photo that I really wanted to add that idea to my layout, but I didn't have gold balloons or a stamp to create the look I was going for. Instead, I designed exactly what I wanted in Silhouette Studio. Rather than cutting the image, I was able to print and emboss...on VELLUM! I'm not sure why I didn't think of it sooner, I have printed on vellum in the past (it's one of my favorite ways to add journaling!), and I always noticed it took a few extra seconds for the printer ink to dry. Well, those few extra seconds are just enough time to dump some embossing powder all over that image!

You may have seen this layout in PIFF last month, I was so excited about how those balloons came out, I had to try this technique again! This layout uses the amazing Hazelwood collection (and good news, you can grab some from the Paper Issues Store!)
I created a layout about one of my favorite things...Ice Cream! I wanted to have a few simple shiny additions to this layout, so I created the ice cream image in Silhouette Studio. I printed the images on vellum and quickly poured the gold embossing powder on them. I also wanted to add a bit of journaling "these are the moments I hope you remember forever". I designed the phrase in Silhouette Studio as well, that way I can ensure the size is accurate for my design.
I used the patterned papers from Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings (grab yours from the store!) because cream..sweet nothings...and the collection is perfect for so many layouts-not just for Valentine's Day!  

Here are some close ups of the embossed details, I just love how it turns out!

So, just a few tips if you want to try embossing from your printer...
  • Work quickly! I start pouring the powder on the vellum as soon as it comes out of the printer.
  • Don't attempt to do an image that is too large, if your printer takes a while to print your design, by the time you get the vellum out, the first part of your design will likely be dried and won't take the embossing powder.
  • Vellum can cause a paper jam in your printer fairly easily, to avoid this, I make sure there is a stack of printer paper behind my vellum. My printer usually grabs hold of the piece of paper in addition to the vellum, preventing the vellum from jamming!
  • Pre heat your heat tool, turn it on and let it fully heat up before using it on the vellum. This keeps the paper from warping.
  • Move your heat tool around more that you typically would. Heat on the vellum will cause it to warp and discolor if you aren't careful, moving it around instead of targeting one area will prevent this!
The possibilities are endless with this technique! I can't wait to see you try it!
Be sure to save $$$ on all of your scrappy needs (and if you don't have the Hazelwood collection or the Sweet Nothings collection, trust me, you NEED it!).

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fan Feature Friday: Let's Play Post Office #1

Would you like to have your Let's Play Post Office project featured? Share your projects in the Current Issue album in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group and you may see it here in the coming weeks. :)

1. Wendy created this sweet card featuring a "little stamped bunny...holding a glitter heart with his tulip stamp hands".

2. Brenda stamped the background on this cute layout about her grandson playing.

3. Heather did an incredible job documenting letters from her husband using the Sweet Nothings collection from Fancy Pants. Such a gorgeous page!

4. Wendy created a beautiful two-pager to document the note her husband wrote her when he asked her to marry him. Very sweet!

5. Take a look at the wreath on Darby's page and the cute Snapchat-filtered photo to go along with it!

  6. Melanie's pretty page has plenty of notebook edging and even staples. Way to work the office supplies, Melanie!

Thank you all for playing along with us! Be sure to grab the "featured by" button below to showcase on your blog.

I'll be back next week with more features from Let's Play Post Office. :) See you then!